Taking a photo of someone reading a story is not what I had in mind. But figuring out how to take pictures that reflect a story in the photo, is what I had in mind.
INCLUDE SMALL DETAILS IN YOUR PHOTO:
Imagine you have been given an assignment to tell a story about a certain person. How would you do it? Would you take a picture of the person at their desk? Doing the things they love to do at home? The important part of telling a story is the SMALL DETAILS. A standard portrait of the person does not tell the whole story. Get the details of what they have on their desk, a close-up of their hands, show the magazines or books all over the floor, maybe a wide angle lens showing them in their favorite environment.
AIM FOR A VARIETY OF PHOTOS IN A SERIES
Put together a series of photos related to some activity. An example would be: a series of photos at a street parade, or a hiking trip. Put together a collage of different photos of the same subject, like this:
TAKE CONTROL OF THE ENTIRE FRAME:
Often you will have an opportunity to take a series of photos that show a lot of things going on within a certain area. Include as much as you can within the frame to tell a story.
PLAN AHEAD WITH A SHOT LIST:
If you know you are going to a location that you could tell a story, then make a list of the things that create a great story.
LEARN TO NARROW DOWN YOUR COLLECTION OF PHOTOS:
When you go some place fun, and you take a lot of photos, no one wants to see all 100 of your photos. Learn to find the 5 or 10 best and show those photos.
EMOTIONS ARE A GREAT WAY TO TELL A STORY
Nothing will tell a story like getting some emotions in the photo. This will usually involve a person, but if you can get an emotional picture of sadness, happy, joy, stunned, etc. you will create an amazing story. Think of these ideas:
Photography is an art. Some of the best paintings of people show a story. This is the thing that makes photography great.
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